Cough Meds Not Good For Children

It's been a year since the makers of children's cold and cough medicines -- facing pressure from the government -- recalled their remedies for children two and under.

Baltimore's health commissioner saw an immediate impact.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Commissioner of Health in Baltimore said, " the number of calls for poison control dropped dramatically. over 50 percent."

Now the food and drug administration is investigating whether older children -- up to age six -- should stop taking them too.

Scharfstein said, "826 under six is where the greatest risk for a serious side effect is."

Each year, accidental overdoses send 7000 kids to ER doctors like Christina Johns.

Children with a cold and infants with a cold will get better with just plain time.

Studies show the multi-symptom products are simply ineffective in young children.

But the 286 million dollar industry argues against a ban.

Linda Suydam with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association said, "these products are safe for children over the age of two.

For now, parents of the six and under set are on their own because the fda isn't expected to make any decisions until cold season ends.


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